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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Dissing Everyman

Philip Roth's Everyman has been getting respectful, if not glowing reviews everywhere. Which is why it's refreshing to come across Nicholas Spice's thoughtful and detailed piece, which opens by calling it "disconsolate" and "disagreeable". He goes on:

"The circularity in the narrative is a powerfully expressive feature of a book whose formal intricacy could be thought the most interesting thing about it.... if we came to it fresh from the invigorating experience of Sabbath’s Theatre or the American Trilogy or The Plot against America, and were hoping for something less well-behaved than structural virtue, we will have had a lot of adjusting to do."


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